What is Functional Medicine And Why Do You Need It?

What is Functional Medicine And Why Do You Need It?

What is Functional Medicine And Why Do You Need It?

Depending on your Google search you’ll come up with many answers to this question. Functional medicine is simply helping you function better and age slower.

What is Functional Medicine? It’s an alternative approach to western medicine using, supplements, fitness, natural therapies, and Mind-Body medicine to keep you as well as possible. Keep reading there’s a lot more.

Why Do You Need It?

Don’t you want to be healthy and live a happy, long life? Because Functional Medicine is a patient-centered science-based approach, it focuses on you. It also focuses on the cure or root of your illness instead of what drug to give you.

What is Functional Medicine?

Functional Medicine [FM] has been around for decades. Until recently when medical doctors decided it was valid, it was simply called natural medicine. Western doctors seldom deliver when providing FM is the patient-centered longer visit times. When you are ‘partnered’ with your clinician, your health is better. Most health insurance doesn’t allow western doctors to spend longer times with patients.

No so with an alternative specialist.  Your visit with us will take longer because that is the nature of our training. Health insurance allows us to spend time with our clients.

A Functional medicine practitioner will spend time with their patients. We listen to your health history. We look for interactions between genetics, environment, and lifestyle.

How Is Functional Medicine Different?

  1. Patient-Centered Care. It focuses on your goals. This helps you create realistic, healthy, outcomes to your wellness. The objective is wellness or illness care. It’s listening to you and helping you be your healthiest.
  2. Science-Based Health Care. For centuries, natural medicine, now referred to as Functional Medicine has looked at the root cause of disease. It’s called looking up-stream. We look at the patient’s history, physiology, and lifestyle. This guides us to what lead to illness. Then how to integrate the natural approaches best to achieve wellness.
  3. Integrative Approach To Health Care. Whether the patient currently is experiencing a health problem or disease, integrative therapy is part of sound Functional Medicine. Prevention and healing through nutrition, diet, exercise are all part of FM.Functional medicine also uses the latest laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques. Prescribed are botanical medicines, supplements, acupuncture, natural allergy elimination, therapeutic diets, lifestyle, and fitness — also detoxification programs and stress-management techniques

Why Is Functional Medicine Important?

  • Our society is getting sicker. There’s a sharp rise in a disease like diabetes, cancer, chronic disease, heart disease, and mental illness. Autoimmune disorders including Arthritis are at the highest rate ever. No, it’s not an aging population. Those under 45 make up a large part of people affected by these illnesses.
  • Current western medicine is oriented toward drugs or surgery to fix the problem. Drugs are used to cover up the symptoms not cure or slow the progress of the illness. In many cases, they harm. Primetime commercials are proof.Surgery is permanent. It should be a last resort, not the end all. Knee surgery, for example, lasts about ten years then you get to do it again!
  • There’s a huge gap between the latest research and the way doctor’ practice medicine. Many still believe in low-fat diets while the research of the last 30 years shows your brain need cholesterol to function.
  • Unfortunately, most physicians aren’t trained to do more than prescription drugs or surgery. Medical school doesn’t train professionals to look for the underlying cause of complex, chronic disease. There are only a few if any classes are training a medical doctor on nutrition, fitness, diet, or natural wellness.

What Is Functional Medicine And Why Do You Need It?

Functional medicine is your ticket to feeling better and improving your health. You need it because you deserve to live drug-free and without multiple surgeries whenever possible.

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2 Tips For Losing Weight After Menopause

2 Tips For Losing Weight After Menopause

It hit Susan like a train wreck she said. “I seemed to gain weight overnight, and I need help for losing weight after menopause.”Losing weight after menopause

Susan was a regular for acupuncture for pain but never would talk about wellness care. “My butt is as big as a caboose don’t you think?” she asked me turning around to show me where the fat had deposited itself. Like many women, her body had betrayed her. Why?

Simple

Menopause means a change. That’s what my mother called it. It’s right – a change in hormones. A change in your lifestyle. Particularly food and fitness.

Handing Susan a tissue I explained this.

Pre-invest in yourself

First thing is don’t wait until you notice symptoms. Start in your 40’s by being proactive. Use acupuncture for wellness care. In my office, we can do acupuncture through health insurance even when you don’t have acupuncture as a covered benefit. Acupuncture is one of the leading ways to reduce stress a major factor in weight gain.

Vary your exercise from walking to cycling. Do weight and then some yoga.

Start removing grains, pseudo-grains if you haven’t already.

Losing Weight After Menopause – 2 Tips

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Susan like many other women I work with in my practice had done an exercise routine for years. She explained that she did these videos at home and then walked every lunch hour for 10 minutes. Yet her belly and butt got bigger. The scale showed a gain too.

Two sizes bigger she felt that losing weight after menopause would be impossible. Not true!

As an acupuncturist, I know that acupuncture will boost the metabolism. I know as a functional medicine practitioner that certain supplements, food, and exercise will help you with losing weight after menopause.

So what are the 2 tips beside do acupuncture?

  1. Begin a move toward a Paleo eating lifestyle if you haven’t already. Remove grains, sugar, and dairy from your diet for a while. Work with someone like myself who is an acupuncturist and a health coach.You’ll need to plan the changes in your eating habits. Cleaning out the kitchen, learning to cook or new ways to prepare tasty yet easy meals. You don’t have to do this alone.‘ Food is the most abused anxiety drug. Exercise is the most underutilized antidepressant.’ Unknown
  2. Exercise[1] is about to change. Yes, you can still walk daily but the 10 minutes is now 45-60 minutes – daily. If you’re open to it, try other forms of cardio. Going to a spin class or a dance class for women. acupuncture and weight lossFor Susan, we needed to add strength training. I suggested weightlifting. She preferred to try Yoga and Pilates. It all works.

The point is you have to change some things up. What worked when you were 40 doesn’t work when you’re 50. It will not work when you’re 60 either. You may move from high-impact to lower impact.

Mix it up at any age Susan did. She found a “spin room” on her way home from work and a Yoga place nearby. She still walks just further outside for longer.

She donated her exercise videos and bought a few light weights. On some days, she lifts weight in front of a mirror in her home.

Expected the unexpected

Let it be fun. Your acupuncture treatment should be relaxing and a special time for you. Enjoy it. If you get your nails or hair done professionally then invest in your wellness and longevity through acupuncture care too.

Think about finding new recipes with your health coach. Aren’t you tired of the same old thing?  It’s exciting to eat new flavors and try old favorites with a new approach.  A lot of women have gotten away from cooking. Using a health coach helps you find what fits your professional and personal lifestyle.Health Coach

Susan resisted the idea of anything other than walking. She was too busy to be in a class. Once she got going with a punch card for the “Spin room” she found that varying her time there helped to relieve stress more than walking. She began to sleep better. Losing weight after menopause became easier.

‘Let exercise be your stress reliever, not food.’ Unknown

Not everyone will have Susan’s amazing results of returning to her old dress size and have a shapelier body yet it’s possible for you too.

Losing weight after menopause always works if you apply my 2 tips. Susan latest comments about her body to me this past week, “Look! My butt looks better than it did when I was 40!”

 

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3296386/

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The Great Health Problem Experiment!

The Great Health Problem Experiment!

I decided to do something different, the great health problem experiment.  As an online health coach these 3 questions seem to be on everyone’s mind recently. How do I lose weight and keep it off? If you’re not thinking that it’s might be How To I Slow The Aging Process, I have no energy and I’m stressed out! Or is it that menopause thing getting you down. No sleep, hot flashes, bloating and night sweats – even when it’s daytime?

Be Part Of Great Health Problem Experiment!

Finally, maybe you’re saying ‘girl you got it all wrong’ it’s all of this. I am so ready to scream at the top of my lungs that I am willing to keep reading. Call this the great health problem experiment. Don’t you want to know if your problem is everyone’s’ or not?

As a health coach and licensed healer my thoughts are how can I help you if I don’t know what bothers my reader most?  Help me research, support, and guide you through what is bothering you the most.

You say, Deb you’re crazy it’s totally something else.  Well I didn’t forget about the other stuff like IBS, thyroid, autoimmune, or you tell me what it is. That’s why I call this the great health problem experiment, I don’t know the answer to the question. What is your biggest health problem so share it with me!

Lose Weight – Slow Aging – Menopause ‘Oh My!’

So how do you let me know what the problem is? Fill out the form below. If it matters to you, it matters to me. Help me help you by giving me so input and insight into how I can support you.

How does that sound?  Easy! Below is a simple poll that let’s me know your thoughts. I only ask for your email and name because there are spammers out that that target such polls and I want to hear from real-humans.

I know there are days – you don’t feel so human or maybe not so real that’s okay, we always blame that on hormones. Thank you for trusting me with your health problem. I look forward to sharing the results of this poll with everyone in an update of this blog post! Yes, I will share it! After all this is the great health problem experiment.

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The Plant Paradox Verses The Paleo Principle

The Plant Paradox Verses The Paleo Principle

The Plant Paradox Verses The Paleo Principle

When did eating and knowing what to eat become so hard? I stand between The Plant Paradox and The Paleo Principle truthfully. These two books both talk about Lectins and how damaging they are to humans. Well, they’re actually poison to everything, and they cause disease in humans.

The Plant Paradox

The Plant Paradox Book

I think if you’re good at being a vegetarian then definitely read every page of The Plant Paradox. Even if you’re leaning toward being Paleo still read it. It is by far the best explanation of why we – by we I mean you should change what you eat.
For me, I want meat protein. That’s why I lean toward Paleo. However, True Paleo is really a lifestyle of eating a dense nutrition diet of vegetables and some protein from all kinds of sources. This includes animal protein.

If you have high cholesterol or triglycerides, you need to read these books and change what you eat. If you have diabetes or an autoimmune disease dive into these recipes. Trade your quick meal or pizza for health. Weight loss a favorite with well, everyone happens when you eat this way.

The Paleo Principle

So why do I say I stand between these two similar but different views? I think The Plant Paradox is too limited for many. I don’t agree with the amount of meat protein you can eat on The Paleo Principles.  Eat about 6 oz total daily seems to be good for most people. You can lose weight on either lifestyle. Be sure you read this article on the Biggest Weight Loss Mistakes

Paleo Principles

The Plant Paradox Verses The Paleo Principle

I totally agree with The Plant Paradox about what is the best type of chicken and eggs. I also believe you should limit foods you don’t find in The Plant Paradox if you decide to remain Paleo or become one.

There are more books but once you read these two and I mean read them you’ll know why to change how you eat. In fact, you’ll be motivated and ready to take back control of your health.

I’ll write more here later, but right now my readers are asking where they bet the books.

Click on the book covers here to learn more about each book.

These are my partner links with Amazon. I really appreciate you clicking on them if you’re interested in learning more about these books.

 

The Plant Paradox

Paleo Principles 

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